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Damasio also defines his terms, which is crucial, as he means something very specific when he says feeling ("always hidden, like all mental images") instead of emotion ("actions or movements... visible to others as they occur in the face, in the voice, in specific behaviors"). Using an impressive array of biological and psychological research, Damasio makes a compelling case for his idea of the feeling brain as crucial for survival and sense of self. But this isn't just a book about brain science. It's a record of an intellectual journey, a diary of Damasio's musings about history, philosophy, and Spinoza's life, all wrapped up in a simply astonishing explanation of a subject most of us don't give a thought to--the feelings that we live by. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found this book to be a quite stimulating and interesting read.
Part of this is a celebration of the 17th century Rationalist philosopher Baruch Spinosa whose world view is very much in concert with that of Antonio Damasio.
I read "Looking for Spinoza" after I read Damasio's later book "The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness."
neuroscience is today's philosophy.
Feelings are just another mental process no just thoughts, complex mental process.Emotions are first then feelings....
This is an excellent summary of the amazing recent developments in neuroscience and the early history of the development of Secularism. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ken R Young
This is an excellent book. It is well written with functional examples. It validates the neurophysiological links that run throughout our entire body.... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lynda Lou
Having first read Professor Damasio's fourth book in this series "When self Comes to Mind," and having been so impressed with that book (which pulls together a lot of the materials... Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by Herbert L Calhoun
[In a heavy German accent] "Tell me, how do you feel?" Or so the stereotypical psychologist is known for asking--known for good reason, however. Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by Heidi Hasbun
Much like the Astronomer on the cover of Damasio's book, I often feel that learning about neurobiology is like studying in the dark with only the flickering of a single candle to... Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by Aaron E. Bartholomew
This third book in a series continues the author's war against dualism (the idea that mind and body are of two different substances), as well as his exploration of the connection... Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by Romi Reyes
Damasio begins his book with a delightful acknowledgment of feelings. Feelings! Instead of pushing feelings to the periphery he brings the topic of feelings front and center and... Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by epark
Antonio Damasio's book "Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain" is a philosophical neuroscience book. Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by B.Chiu